|Isaiah 40 in Babylon - Tim Bulkeley|
It is certainly one of my favourite Bible passages, indeed it is many people's favourite Bible chapter. Isaiah 40 is just full of superb phrases and pictures. Whenever it was composed, this chapter really comes to life and sparkles when it is heard as the Judean exiles in Babylon heard, it just before Cyrus the Persian king captured the city. For a better idea of the background watch the Video "Babylon as background to hearing Isaiah 40" (4MB).
Keywords: history; isaiah; bible; biblical studies
|E100-46: Isaiah 51:1 - 53:12: Reading prophets for pleasure and profit - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
I have not focused these 5 Minutes on how Is 53 speaks so clearly about Jesus, it is the Old Testament passage that is most clearly, directly and simply fulfilled in Christ. But that status should not make it paradigmatic for undedrstanding how Jesus fulfills Scripture. For more on that (and there is nothing on that in this podcast :( see What DOES "fulfil" mean? And other podcasts on this topic here...
Keywords: history; prophet; prophecy; bible; biblical studies
|E100-26: Judges 2:6 - 3:6: A vicious cycle or A divine alarm-clock? - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
There's a nasty cycle that repeats time and again in Judges, and that forms a theme of the history in the books of Samuel and Kings too: * Israel forgets that Yhwh is the ONE who has given them everything * they start to worship/serve other Gods * God allows an enemy to oppress them * they call to God â who raises up a strong leader who by God's power rescues them This pattern was described in Deuteronomy so these books (with Joshua) get called the "Deuteronomistic History" by scholars...
Keywords: deuteronomist; deuteronomistic history; deuteronomy; judges; bible; bible study